Canelo Could Take a Big Hit if NSAC Issues 1-Year Suspension

By Keith Idec

Canelo Alvarez’s suspension for testing positive twice for a performance-enhancing drug could last at least one year.

In accordance with Nevada State Athletic Commission rules adjusted in September 2016, that’s the minimum penalty for a first-time offense of the commission’s prohibition of anabolic agents, clenbuterol in Alvarez’s case. The NSAC also allows for that minimum one-year suspension to be shortened by six months if the offender fully cooperates with the NSAC’s investigation and procedures.

A six-month suspension, retroactive to the date of Alvarez’s first failed test, would end after August 17 because Alvarez failed two tests administered by the Voluntary Anti-Doping Association on February 17 and February 20. That scenario would leave Alvarez eligible to fight Gennady Golovkin or someone else in mid-September, one of the two times of the year during which Alvarez has fought in recent years.

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Regardless, it appears less likely by the day that the rematch between Alvarez (49-1-2, 34 KOs) and Golovkin (37-0-1, 33 KOs) will take place May 5 at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. The revelation Thursday of the complaint NSAC executive director Bob Bennett signed against Alvarez on Tuesday put the high-profile pay-per-view event in greater jeopardy.

Alvarez is expected to appear either in person or on the phone for his hearing with the five-member NSAC on April 18 in Las Vegas. The Mexican superstar and his handlers contend that Alvarez’s positive tests were triggered by eating contaminated meat in his home country.

The meat contamination issue in Mexico has helped fellow Mexican boxers Erik Morales and Francisco Vargas avoid suspensions and fines for testing positive for PEDs. It is unusual, however, for the NSAC to sign a complaint against a fighter for PED use without issuing a suspension.

The commission temporarily suspended Alvarez on Friday and initially set April 10 as the date for his hearing, just 3½ weeks before he is scheduled to challenge Golovkin again for middleweight supremacy. That hearing was pushed back eight more days Thursday, until April 18, but Bennett told that the NSAC would accommodate Alvarez on April 10 if he prefers that date.

Meanwhile, Golovkin’s handlers are preparing for the possibility of the IBF/IBO/WBA/WBC champion facing an opponent other than Alvarez on May 5. Former super welterweight champion Demetrius Andrade (25-0, 16 KOs), IBF mandatory challenger Sergiy Derevyanchenko (12-0, 10 KOs) and Gary “Spike” O’Sullivan (27-2, 19 KOs) are among the available replacements who’ve expressed interest publicly in substituting for Alvarez if his suspension is extended.

Alvarez, 27, and Kazakhstan’s Golovkin, 35, fought to a controversial 12-round draw September 16 at T-Mobile Arena. Their rematch is considered the biggest bout on boxing’s calendar in the United States this year.

Keith Idec is a senior writer/columnist for He can be reached on Twitter @Idecboxing. 

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by Pakutu93 on 03-30-2018

SUSCLEN him for a year! Why feel sorry for him? Did he feel sorry for Kirkland, Chavez jr, Cotto!!! This mofo is committing attempted murder in the ring and his weakling punkazz needs to be punished!!! Pillnelo should got to…

Comment by sterilizer on 03-30-2018

He should be banned from boxing for good. Make an example of him. So others could be more careful and make the right choices. If the so called meat contamination in Mexico was such a big issue there would have…

Comment by sicko on 03-30-2018

Boxing won't stop for Canelo! If he gets the hammer dropped on him the sport will go on and the focus shifts to AJ vs Wilder more and more as Boxing Next MEGA FIGHT! I think NSAC take it easy…

Comment by otrocubiche on 03-30-2018

Canelo will eventually retire, like Ali, Sugar Ray, Floyd, etc; Vegas will still be here.

Comment by MrShakeAndBake on 03-30-2018

[QUOTE=KO MX;18620626]Maybe in your country in Mexico unfortunately we have the clen problem and that's a fact[/QUOTE] You dont have no problem with Clenbuterol. i dont see no mexicans all buffed and cutt up. are you saying all mexican fighters…

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